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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Condemns Extreme Anti-Abortion Bill

Jun 18, 2013
Press Release
Republicans from Washington to Wisconsin Wasting Time and Taxpayer Dollars to Roll Back Critical Women’s Rights

WASHINGTON –U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today condemned the extreme and very likely unconstitutional bill being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives that would place a national ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and roll back critical women’s rights. A vote on the bill is scheduled for later this evening.

The bill, pushed by Republican Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08), effectively bans abortions after 20 weeks with minimal exceptions and marks another GOP attempt to limit women’s rights across the country. Last week, Republicans in the Wisconsin State Senate passed a bill that mandates medically unnecessary ultrasounds before an abortion can be performed. Both bills amount to deep infringements on women’s hard-fought rights and represent a severe government intrusion into a woman’s personal health decisions.

“This is extremism at its worst. From Washington to Wisconsin, Republican lawmakers seem to think it is their job to get in between a woman and her doctor,” Pocan said. “These dual, dangerous efforts are out of sync with what Americans believe. Yet Republicans seem to think it’s a better use of time and taxpayer dollars  to roll back women’s rights than focus on economic growth, ending the sequester, completing a budget, and preventing student loan interest rates from doubling.  Women’s rights are not a political toy for Republicans to throw out whenever they want to score cheap points—they are fundamental rights that deserve absolute protection. I will vote firmly against this abortion ban and I will continue to fight to protect women’s rights in Wisconsin and across the country.”